A couple, who claimed a defect in their new gas grill caused a house fire, lost their appeal last week against the grill manufacturer.Read More »
John I. Thornton, emeritus professor of forensic science at the University of California-Berkeley, has been doing fingerprint analysis since 1963, but he’s not afraid to consider new ideas. “I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that I’m not ...Read More »
Back in 1991, John O'Connor sat in the federal courtroom in Kansas City, Kan., listening to what seemed damning fingerprint evidence against his client.
The expert witness had examined a latent print, that is, one left on the getaway motorcycle by the bank robber, and had identified 10 points of similarity between the latent and a fingerprint taken from O'Connor's client, Jeffrey Jenkins.
But O'Connor had something many defense attorneys never even reach for: a pocketful of seeds of doubt.
Some fingerprint examiners aid defense attorneys by reviewing fingerprint evidence. For instance, when a defense attorney asks for help, Pat Wertheim sends a letter that, in part, requires the following: High-quality photos, scans or images on disk of all the ...Read More »
A law professor at the University of California-Davis urged Missouri criminal defense attorneys to dive into a 2009 report from National Academy of Sciences that skewers a number of forensic science fields, including fingerprint evidence and fire investigation. The report, ...
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